Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: I want the offense on my back vs. Bears

LeSean McCoy wants to put the Eagles offense on his back against Chicago. (USATSI)
LeSean McCoy wants to put the Eagles offense on his back against Chicago. (USATSI)

On paper, this Sunday's game between Philadelphia and Chicago seems like a disaster waiting to happen for the Bears. At least on defense. The Bears have the NFL's worst rushing defense and that defense will be going up against the league's top rusher in Eagles running back LeSean McCoy

McCoy's well aware of the favorable matchup and he wants to carry his team to a win on Sunday, "I feel like this game, I've got to put the offense on my back," McCoy said, via ESPN.com. "I want to roll. I feel like myself and the big guys up front -- we've got to put this game on our back and take care of business and get a win."

The Eagles didn't exactly put their offense on McCoy's back against the Vikings in Week 15. In Philadelphia's 48-30 loss, McCoy only carried the ball eight times despite the fact it was an five-point game in the fourth quarter and despite the fact that Minnesota's defense has struggled against the run this year. 

Although he only got eight carries against the Vikings, McCoy isn't all of the sudden questioning first-year coach Chip Kelly's play-calling abilities. 

"He's an offensive genius," McCoy said of Kelly. "I don't have to tell him I want the ball, I need the ball. He knows the right plays to run. I don't know that stuff. He knows exactly when to run it, when to throw it, when to get his playmakers the ball."

Kelly may also know exactly when to sit his guys. McCoy could see a light load against the Bears if the Cowboys beat the Redskins on Sunday afternoon. If Dallas does beat Washington, then the outcome of Sunday night's game against Chicago will have no bearing on whether or not Philadelphia makes playoffs.

If the Eagles beat the Bears, they'll still need to beat the Cowboys in Week 17 to make the playoffs. If the Eagles lose to Chicago, it's the same scenario, they'll have to beat the Cowboys to make the playoffs. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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